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GOP Rep. Steve King: Immigrants Come From ‘Violent Civilization’

Speaking at his anti-immigration reform rally in Virginia over the weekend, Iowa Congressman Steve King warned that immigrants came from inherently violent cultures and would adversely affect U.S. crime rates. The comment comes on the heels of two previous controversial remarks about immigrants that have made King the subject of severe criticism.

“If you bring people from a violent civilization into a less-violent civilization, you’re going to have more violence, right?” King asked the tiny crowd. “It’s like pouring hot water into cold water—does it raise the temperature or not?”

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King’s previous comments, in which he compared illegal immigrants to dogs and said they were all drug smugglers with “calves the size of cantaloupes,” have drawn stern rebukes from party leadership, and led to a feisty exchange on Sunday with GOP strategist Ana Navarro.

King intimated to Politico that the unpopularity of his comments within his own party was political. “A year ago, almost everybody in my conference agreed with me,” he said. “There’s been no spell cast over me.”

[h/t Politico]

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